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Getting Started

Just getting started with your online classes? Please check the class start dates to see when your classes start and the computer requirements to make sure your computer is prepared for your online classes.


Looking for directions on how to login to Canvas? You can log in through your TCC Student Portal using the Quick Link.


TCC eLearning has implemented a policy called "Week Zero" that requires TCC Full Online and Hybrid classes to be open 1 week before instruction begins. The Week Zero page has tutorials for students to work through before the quarter starts.

Class Start Dates

Fall 2017 Tacoma Community College
Registration Begins (Summer & Fall) May 15, 2017
Classroom Opens (Fall) September 18, 2017
(for Full Online and Hybrid Week Zero)
Registration Ends (Fall) September 27, 2017(without instructor signature)
October 6, 2017 (with instructor signature)
Instruction Begins (Fall) September 25, 2017

Computer Requirements


  • PC: Ability to run Vista(32 bit and not 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 and 64bit), and Windows 8 (32 and 64 bit).
    Mac: Ability to run Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
    Linux: Ability to run latest version of Mozilla Firefox
  • RAM: 2Gb minimum
  • Internet Connection: Broadband (Cable, DSL, 3G, 4G) highly recommended
  • Browsers: Mozilla Firefox highly recommended, Internet Explorer is okay
  • Recommended Peripherals: Speakers, microphone, webcam


For a list of free software, including links to the required software, go to our Free Software page.



  • Anti-spyware, anti-malware, and anti-virus programs. A full list of recommendations are on this page.

Canvas Orientation Videos

For assistance with learning how to navigate the online content in your courses we have made several Video Guides.  Please click on the name of the video guide to view the Panopto recording, they are about 5 to 7 minutes for each video.  You are not required to watch them, but we felt that it will help you to be a successful online student. 

General Navigation:

Common activities in Canvas:

If you still need assistance you can come into the Information Commons in Building 16, at any time for help with the system.  We will be happy to sit with you and go over how to navigate you courses in Canvas.

Location:  Bldg. 16-119

Front desk phone:  253.566.5176

Hours:  Please use this link for our hours

Email:  support@tacomacc.edu

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